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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby legends159 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:08 pm

jubileeez wrote:i grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant; i'm a first-generation immigrant (though i still do not have citizenship here) and my parents worked their way up from Chinatown sweatshops.

ive only been involved with public-interest organizations (and heavily) and that really came out on my resume and during the interview. i have a feeling they picked up on the fact that i wasnt really into corporate law, but just wanted to take a random stab at it.

and yes, now that ive recovered from being caught off-guard, im actually really excited about having a free summer! gives me time to go back to China and do everything i haven't been able to do in my undergrad summers. :)


You have the same background I do. Except I didn't grow up in Bedford, I grew up in Chinatown in the lower east side. I guess I won't be getting the SEO either.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby daisyduck » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:26 pm

legends159 wrote:
jubileeez wrote:i grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant; i'm a first-generation immigrant (though i still do not have citizenship here) and my parents worked their way up from Chinatown sweatshops.

ive only been involved with public-interest organizations (and heavily) and that really came out on my resume and during the interview. i have a feeling they picked up on the fact that i wasnt really into corporate law, but just wanted to take a random stab at it.

You have the same background I do. Except I didn't grow up in Bedford, I grew up in Chinatown in the lower east side. I guess I won't be getting the SEO either.

I don't think it's so much whether you come from a privileged/unprivileged background - like someone said earlier, it's probably whether you're interested in the corporate legal world and therefore fund/help SEO later in your career. After all, they are non-profit and operate only through donations and fundraisers.

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jaen78
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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jaen78 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:27 pm

I know PI obviously isn't their focus, but I'm surprised to hear involvement in it seems to have hurt some people. They specifically asked in my interview what I have done to give back to my community, so I assumed they wanted applicants to be at least somewhat philanthropic with their time. Regardless, sorry to hear the news Jubilee, but you're headed to Yale, so I can't feel too sorry for you. :wink: Sounds like you'll have a great summer anyway.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby meesawoosa » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:32 pm

jaen78 wrote:I know PI obviously isn't their focus, but I'm surprised to hear involvement in it seems to have hurt some people. They specifically asked in my interview what I have done to give back to my community, so I assumed they wanted applicants to be at least somewhat philanthropic with their time. Regardless, sorry to hear the news Jubilee, but you're headed to Yale, so I can't feel too sorry for you. :wink: Sounds like you'll have a great summer anyway.


i just wanted to chime in and say i think jaen is probably right. it seemed to me like SEO was def. looking for people who had history/experience giving back to the community in some way, so i don't think public interest backgrounds necessarily hurt people. i think it is probably just because they also care that their interns have a serious passion for/interest in corporate law as well. i also have substantial public interest/community service involvement, including my current job.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jamaicanjynx » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:33 pm

They want you to be philanthropic but not so much that you're interested in a PI career. Otherwise you're taking up internship spots from people who are genuinely interested in corporate law careers.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby KP429 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:37 pm

jamaicanjynx wrote:They want you to be philanthropic but not so much that you're interested in a PI career. Otherwise you're taking up internship spots from people who are genuinely interested in corporate law careers.


This.

Although I do think if one has no corporate experience whatsoever (or very limited), that makes them an auto-reject no matter what school they're in at.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jaen78 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:50 pm

Really? They only choose graduates or very recent graduates, and it's very difficult to get any corporate experience as an undergrad. I can't imagine they really expect many people to have found such rare opportunities.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby TheNerdProject » Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:52 pm

jaen78 wrote:Really? They only choose graduates or very recent graduates, and it's very difficult to get any corporate experience as an undergrad. I can't imagine they really expect many people to have found such rare opportunities.

Corporate experience isn't that rare... half the people I know had summer internships on Wall Street during their junior-senior year summers and some even before.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby Kohinoor » Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:53 pm

jaen78 wrote:Really? They only choose graduates or very recent graduates, and it's very difficult to get any corporate experience as an undergrad. I can't imagine they really expect many people to have found such rare opportunities.

They have a ton of applicants and very few spots. They can afford to be picky. Guessing that a decent number of applicants either graduated and worked or interned as undergrads.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby kurama20 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:57 pm

Corporate experience isn't that rare... half the people I know had summer internships on Wall Street during their junior-senior year summers and some even before.


You obviously go to an Ivy or Stanford/Duke/Chicago etc. ........for those who don't attend that level of school wall street jobs are practically impossible to get. Even other types of corporate jobs are almost non existent. I'm not surprised though SEO is EXTREMELY elitist. Most people who they accept attend TOP undergrads. Their career program is the same way.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby daisyduck » Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:01 pm

TheNerdProject wrote:
jaen78 wrote:Really? They only choose graduates or very recent graduates, and it's very difficult to get any corporate experience as an undergrad. I can't imagine they really expect many people to have found such rare opportunities.

Corporate experience isn't that rare... half the people I know had summer internships on Wall Street during their junior-senior year summers and some even before.

Finance internships are very different from law firm experience. And SEO has a separate program for investment bank internships. I highly doubt the Corporate Law Program actively seeks out for applicants with "Wall Street experience." They are two different career paths, after all. During my interview, they were more interested about whether I was planning on going into a corporate law firm after law school, hence the questions like "which firms are you interested in" and "what are your career goals."

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby treple » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:14 pm

hmmm... I would say the interview matters the most... tbh...

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby KP429 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:16 pm

Oops, let me clarify. I didn't mean corporate experience in terms of working for a law firm. Basically they were asking about any experience working in a 'corporate environment'.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby cougarlive » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:36 pm

kurama20 wrote:
Corporate experience isn't that rare... half the people I know had summer internships on Wall Street during their junior-senior year summers and some even before.


You obviously go to an Ivy or Stanford/Duke/Chicago etc. ........for those who don't attend that level of school wall street jobs are practically impossible to get. Even other types of corporate jobs are almost non existent. I'm not surprised though SEO is EXTREMELY elitist. Most people who they accept attend TOP undergrads. Their career program is the same way.



Did any of you get a letter from SEO inviting you to apply because they were interested in people from your undergrad doing the program? I got a letter stating that and didn't know if it was common--or if they really were trying to recruit BYU undergrads for SEO.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jaen78 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:33 pm

I got the same letter, and I don't go to an elite undergrad. I love it to pieces, but I'm sure
SEO isn't nearly as impressed by it as I am :wink:

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jaen78 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:22 pm

On another note, any estimates as to how many spots are still remaining and how many apps still in question? It seems like both acceptances and rejections have been slowly dribbling in. I wonder when the final decisions will be made? Suspense is no fun unless it's in a movie....

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby mp2012 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:59 pm

I submitted my enrollment information on Friday. When should I expect to hear back? Is SEO pretty quick about this?

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby treple » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:40 pm

No.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby mp2012 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:22 pm

I heard back pretty quickly. Is receiving a phone call after submitting your enrollment information a good sign?

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby summertimechi » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:24 pm

mp2012 wrote:I heard back pretty quickly. Is receiving a phone call after submitting your enrollment information a good sign?

did you miss the phone call or something? what did they say?

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jaen78
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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby jaen78 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:25 pm

Have you been interviewed yet? And which school are you enrolling in?

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby mp2012 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:12 pm

I've already been interviewed. I'm enrolling at Columbia. I received an email scheduling a phone conversation to discuss my interest in the program. I don't know if that is bad or good.

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby meesawoosa » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:24 pm

i would think good. i received the same e-mail/had the phone conversation and was accepted to the program a couple days later.

good luck!

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby summertimechi » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:39 pm

congrats!

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Re: SEO Corporate Law

Postby mp2012 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:57 pm

meesawoosa wrote:i would think good. i received the same e-mail/had the phone conversation and was accepted to the program a couple days later.

good luck!


That gives me hope! Thanks!




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